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and elected officials who have been suspended and convicted of crimes. that's what our washington bureau reporter macfarlane found after digging into pub records >> reporter: he orchestrated an outrageously wasteful party in vegas on taxpayers dime. 800,000 spent on expensive food, entertainment including clowns and a mind reader. jeef neely was even photographed there with a hot tub and a wine glass overlooking the city. after the scandal was sauer suh fased and -- surfaced and he was suspended, he kept collecting pay. >> what would we do in the private sector? answer it, we wouldn't put him on leave with pay. we would put him on leave without pay until we find out what was wrong. >> reporter: a separate report found 84 employees under investigation by internal watch dogs at the general services administration collected a whopping $1 million in bonus pay over the past four years. including one worker probed for, quote, abusive authority who snatched $38,000 in taxpayer funded bonuses. but taxpayer watchdogs say congress itself is the biggest rewarder of potential misconduct. >> being
to washington, d.c. this morning. he was called to pass a scaled back agreement to keep taxes from going up. the senate went back into session today. leaders accused each other of standing in the way of a deal. >> you can't legislate with yourself. we have nobody to work with. compromise. >> republicans aren't about to write a blank check just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> the house will convene on sunday. republicans already refused to take a vote on speaker of the house john speaker of the house john boehner's plan. with no deal in the works you are likely to see a smaller pay check. ktvu's consumer editor tom vacar joins us to detail what it will cost taxpayers. >> reporter: indeed, more than a cliff for some. >> reporter: for more and more americans, the fiscal cliff is being viewed as a failure of government. >> they are on vacation, doing whatever they are doing. they don't care. >> i just don't think they will ever come to an agreement. both parties are so far apart that there is no common ground. >> reporter: if you make between 50-60,000 deal, taxes go up $
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